Movies That Are Better Than The Books… Are There Any Out There?

I love reading, and I suppose I enjoy watching movies as well. Half the movies out there are visual renditions of books, if not even more. The trouble with these movies are, they generally don’t live up to the books remotely, due to all sorts of constraints, and many of them seem like rushed summaries of the source material.

But are there any movies out there that actually surpass their original writings?

I really don’t know…so from now on, I will be keeping a running list of any I happen to find.

Trouble is, I haven’t read the book to most of the movies I’ve seen, and the books I’ve read, I haven’t seen the movies, and kind of don’t want to, because they are probably terrible.

If you can think of any, please let me know!

I’m drawing a blank but here is what I’ve thought of so far.

Catch Me If You Can

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The book is sort of an auto-biography of Frank Abagnale Jr. as he tells of his time as a master check fraud con man. It’s a good book for sure and gives more insight into what was actually going on in his life than the movie.

The movie is much better however. But to be fair, it changes a lot and makes it more dramatic and eventful. The fact that two of the best actors ever, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DeCaprio, star in it helps it a whole lot too. The changes they make only improve it and make it one heck of a wild ride.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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These films are truly a marvel. The books are practically nothing but long, relentless descriptions of nature and an awkward closeness between Frodo and Sam. Each book gets better than the last, but they all are pretty rough reads.

The movies however…my god. Peter Jackson essentially took the characters and main plot goal and then did his own thing. He cuts about 90% of the books and replaces it with amazing action, suspense and drama and everything awesome.

What he was able to do with such poor source material is truly amazing. Not only are these movies infinitely better than the less than enjoyable books, but he managed to make them into three of the best movies ever made.

 

And… that’s all I’ve got. Wow…hopefully we’ll see some more added here.

Again let me know if you know of any movies that you like better than the books!

 

 

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Final Fantasy II-Now That’s More Like It

I recently ranted about the original Final Fantasy. Now I just would like to take a few minutes to talk about Final Fantasy II.

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Oh my god…what an improvement. The game literally took everything I complained about with the first and fixed it. This is a game I can see people liking and spawning dozens of sequels from.

Not to mention, it added a whole lot of unique qualities not often seen in RPG’s such as every character being able to use any weapon or spell. The leveling system is different too, having to constantly use spells and attacks to upgrade magic and weapon skills, as well as your base stats. It’s the only game in recent memory that I was excited when I got hit by things, because that meant you were that much closer to increasing your defense and hit points.

The only gripe I have with this system is it takes way too long to level up some things. Hit points go up easy enough, but your magic points take forever, as well as spells and weapon skills. The max you can get any of these skills to is 16, but you won’t get anywhere near that. I completed the game with only one kind of high spell…Cure at level 10, and that’s because you have to use it all the time. My weapons skills were level 10 as well.

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The game doesn’t make you grind all that much, which is a wonderful thing. I really hate the games that make you grind for hours. This does it very balanced, until the last dungeon. My god is it hard. I was always strong enough to get through any dungeon without too much difficulty throughout the entire game, but then you get to hell or whatever and you find yourself very underpowered.

But the best part about that is you just fight some enemies there, they beat the hell out of you and you become stronger, so I was able to progress somewhat fast regardless, and by the time I made it to the last boss, none of the enemies gave me a hard time anymore. But if you want to get to the last boss, you better set aside a few free hours. I mean, holy crap!! You have to go through a tough and lengthy cave of hell and when you finally get through that, bruised and bleeding, you find yourself in an entire castle you have to climb now, nearly twice as big as the already lengthy cave. It takes forever to get to the boss! Fortunately it was my day off and I could sit there for a long time to beat it.

That is the problem with both these games. The points in between saves are wayyy to long. Throughout the week, I really only play for 20 minutes at a time. I constantly had to shut off the game in the middle of a dungeon, or just leave it on until I had time to complete it. It’s so annoying! And if you die, you are screwed. It’s ridiculous. You have to start all over again. Thank god for the inclusion of memo saves in Origins for PlayStation or I would never have the patience to play these games.

Overall, Final Fantasy is a piece of crap, but Final Fantasy II is great. Now I am on to Final Fantasy IV!